Call for RGS/IBG sessions

The Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) is pleased to present a call for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in London, 1st-3rd September 2010. The chair of the conference is Neil Wrigley (University of Southampton) and the theme is ‘Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment’ (see for more details).

The SCGRG seeks to support research interested in the way the world works to produce social and cultural difference, engaging with key social science debates concerning identity, subjectivity, citizenship and belonging. The group is committed to encouraging inclusive and accessible knowledges, destabilising hierarchical and centred knowledges in favour of those which foreground diversity and difference. As such, the group is keen to promote areas of geography that have often been Othered within the discipline, such as geographies of the lifecourse, sexuality, disability, ethnicity and religion, as well as geographies of the non-human and the animal. The group also has an active postgraduate membership and is keen to support sessions aimed at new career and emerging researchers.

Research group sponsorship can help promote your session, manage timetable clashes and enable you to bid for money for Research Group guests. We have a limited number of sessions we are able to sponsor and are likely to prioritize sessions which most closely reflect the aims and interests of the full SCGRG membership. This year we are particularly keen to encourage high profile sessions that take forward key themes in social and cultural geography.

To put forward your session for SCGRG sponsorship, please send your session abstract (max 400 words), contact details and session format to me at by the 30th November.

Russell Hitchings